Classic upstream nymphing was once the preserve of southern chalk
streams, however it is also very effective on fast flowing freestone
rivers. It is often quite strenuous fishing fast riffle but more
often than not, your hard work is rewarded both in terms of numbers
and size of fish. For me there is also something very special, almost
magical fishing this way - tightening on to that slight stab of
the fly line and feeling the solid thump, thump of a fish.
North Country Spiders
Most fishermen prefer wet fly fishing 'across and down', probably
because it is an easy relaxing way to fish, but it is not the best
way in my experience. I prefer to cast virtually square across the
current using an upstream reach cast, holding the rod high I track
it across my body allowing the spiders to drift with control not
just swinging round in the current. This way I avoid those plucks
and pulls and connect with many more fish.